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NOT GIVEN

THERE IS A PLACE IN LIBANON, NEW YORK, CALLED "LOVER'S LEAP."
AN INDIAN GIRL IN LOVE WITH A BRAVE FROM THE OTHER TRIBE LEAPED
TO HER DEATH WITH HIM BECAUSE THEIR RESPECTIVE TRIBES WERE AT
WAR AND WOULD NOT PERMIT THEM TO MARRY.

Where learned: Massachusetts ; SPRINGFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Explanation of a name

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NO GRASS ON THE GRAVE: TALE

THE GREAT-GRANDFATHER OF MY INFORMANT WAS ALLEGEDLY UNJUSTLY
ACCUSED OF MURDERING HIS WIFE. HE SWORE HE WAS INNOCENT UP TILL
THE TIME OF HIS EXECUTION NEAR BOSTON.
UNTIL THIS DAY, NO GRASS GROWS ON THAT GRAVE, THOUGH IT HAS BEEN
RE-SODDED SEVERAL TIMES.

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Plant
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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MAN WITH A HOOK: TALE

JUST OUTSIDE BOSTON IS A PLACE WHERE COUPLES PARK TO TALK, AND
MANY COUPLES ARE USUALLY THERE IN THEIR CARS. ONE NIGHT ONLY ONE
CAR WAS THERE ON A MOONLESS NIGHT. THE COUPLE HAPPENED TO HEAR
ON THE RADIO THAT AN INMANTE OF AN ASYLUM HAD ESCAPED AND WAS IN
THE AREA. THE REPORT SAID THAT HE WAS MISSING A HAND AND HAD A
HOOK INSTEAD. JUST THEN THEY HEARD A NOISE OUTSIDE AND HURRIEDLY
LEFT THE SPOT. WHEN THEY REACHED THE GIRL'S HOUSE, THE BOY WENT
TO OPEN THE GIRL'S DOOR AND THERE WAS THE HOOK ON THE DOOR HANDLE
ON A BLOODY STUMP.

Where learned: BOSTON ; Massachusetts

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Vehicle propelled by mechanical or other force on land
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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HABIT IS EVERYTHING-----EVEN IN LOVE.

Where learned: HOME ; DORM ROOM ; Massachusetts ; TOLD IN ; SPRINGFIELD

Keyword(s): ASSONANCE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 03-23-1971

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MY MOTHER IS SOMEWHAT SUPERSTITIOUS, AND SHE SAYS THIS WHENEVER SHE
FINDS A PENNY.
"PENNY, PENNY, BRING ME LUCK,
I'M THE FIRST TO PICK YOU UP."

Where learned: Massachusetts

Keyword(s): APOSTROPHE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief Belief
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Speech Speech
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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PRACTICAL JOKE

ONE NASTY JOKE IS EMPTYING AN UNSUSPECTING PARTY'S TOOTHPASTE
TUBE AND REFILLING IT WITH URINE.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS COLLECTED BY THE INFORMANT IN THE
FRESHMEN DORMS OF AMHERST COLLEGE IN AMHERST,
MASSACHUSETTS; IT WAS COLLECTED BY ME IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: Massachusetts ; AMHERST

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 03-00-1980

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PRACTICAL JOKE

THE DORMS AT AMHERST COLLEGE HAVE INDIVIDUAL POWER BOXES; A
FAVORITE PRANK IS TO SHUT OFF A PERSON'S POWER AT NIGHT, THEREBY
STOPPING HIS ALARM CLOCK AND MAKING HIM LATE FOR CLASS.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS COLLECTED BY THE INFORMANT IN THE
FRESHMEN DORMS OF AMHERST COLLEGE IN AMHERST,
MASSACHUSETTS; IT WAS COLLECTED BY ME IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: Massachusetts ; AMHERST

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Accessories: Fireplace, stove, oven, lighting, etc.

Date learned: 00001979-80 ; 03-00-1980

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PRACTICAL JOKE

ONE PRANK IS TO BLOW BABY POWDER INTO SOMEONE'S ROOM UNDER THE
DOOR, USING A HAND-HELD HAIR DRYER.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS COLLECTED BY THE INFORMANT IN THE
FRESHMEN DORMS OF AMHERST COLLEGE IN AMHERST,
MASSACHUSETTS; IT WAS COLLECTED BY ME IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: Massachusetts ; AMHERST

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 00001979-80 ; 03-00-1980

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PRACTICAL JOKE

A COMMON PRANK INVOLVES GETTING A PERSON OUT OF HIS ROOM,
LOCKING HIM OUT, AND HIDING HIS KEYS SO HE CAN'T RE-ENTER.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS COLLECTED BY THE INFORMANT IN THE
FRESHMEN DORMS OF AMHERST COLLEGE IN AMHERST,
MASSACHUSETTS; IT WAS COLLECTED BY ME IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: Massachusetts ; AMHERST

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 00001979-80 ; 03-00-1980

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PRACTICAL JOKE

ONE PRANK INVOLVES A GROUP OF PEOPLE GAINING ENTRY TO A PERSON'S
ROOM WHILE THE PERSON IS THERE, AND REMOVING THE CONTENTS OF
THE ROOM, DESPITE THE OCCUPANT'S PROTESTS.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS COLLECTED BY THE INFORMANT IN THE
FRESHMEN DORMS OF AMHERST COLLEGE IN AMHERST,
MASSACHUSETTS; IT WAS COLLECTED BY ME IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: Massachusetts ; AMHERST

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 00001979-80 ; 03-00-1980

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PRACTICAL JOKE

TELEPHONES IN THE DORMS OF AMHERST COLLEGE HAVE REMOVABLE CORDS
BETWEEN THE RECEIVER AND THE REST OF THE PHONE; REMOVAL OF THE
CORD STILL ALLOWS THE PHONE TO RING. A COMMON PRANK IS TO
REMOVE THE CORD, THEN MAKE A CALL TO THAT PHONE.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS COLLECTED BY THE INFORMANT IN THE
FRESHMEN DORMS OF AMHERST COLLEGE IN AMHERST,
MASSACHUSETTS; IT WAS COLLECTED BY ME IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: Massachusetts ; AMHERST

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 00001979-80 ; 03-00-1980

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PRACTICAL JOKE

ONE DESTRUCTIVE PRANK IS TO GAIN ENTRANCE TO A PERSON'S ROOM
WHILE HE IS OUT AND TO SPREAD VASELINE ON HIS BEDSHEETS.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS COLLECTED BY THE INFORMANT IN THE
FRESHMEN DORMS OF AMHERST COLLEGE IN AMHERST,
MASSACHUSETTS; IT WAS COLLECTED BY ME IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: Massachusetts ; AMHERST

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 00001979-80 ; 03-00-1980

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PRACTICAL JOKE

ONE PRANK IS TO FILL A PERSON'S ROOM WITH SMOKE BY PLACING THE
STEM OF A LIT PIPE THROUGH THE KEYHOLE, AND BLOWING INTO THE BOWL.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS COLLECTED BY THE INFORMANT IN THE
FRESHMEN DORMS OF AMHERST COLLEGE IN AMHERST,
MASSACHUSETTS; IT WAS COLLECTED BY ME IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: Massachusetts ; AMHERST

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 00001979-80 ; 03-00-1980

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PRACTICAL JOKE

PUSHING PENNIES INTO THE KEYHOLE OF A DOOR WILL BLOCK THE
TUMBLERS AND LOCK A PERSON IN HIS ROOM.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS COLLECTED BY THE INFORMANT IN THE
FRESHMEN DORMS OF AMHERST COLLEGE IN AMHERST,
MASSACHUSETTS; IT WAS COLLECTED BY ME IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: Massachusetts ; AMHERST

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 00001979-80 ; 03-00-1980

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PRACTICAL JOKE

BECAUSE THE DOORS AT AMHERST COLLEGE OPEN INWARD, ANOTHER
DESTRUCTIVE PRANK IS TO LEAN A BUCKET OF WATER AGAINST THE
OUTSIDE OF A CLOSED DOOR. OPENING THE DOOR FROM THE INSIDE
CAUSES THE WATER TO SPILL INTO THE ROOM. THIS HAS BEEN DONE
WITH A FULL FIFTY-FIVE GALLON DRUM.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS COLLECTED BY THE INFORMANT IN THE
FRESHMEN DORMS OF AMHERST COLLEGE IN AMHERST,
MASSACHUSETTS; IT WAS COLLECTED BY ME IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: Massachusetts ; AMHERST

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window

Date learned: 00001979-80 ; 03-00-1980

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PRACTICAL JOKE

ONE PRANK IS TO SIMPLY STAND QUIETLY IN A PERSON'S CLOSET,
GIVING HIM A FRIGHT WHEN HE OPENS THE CLOSET DOOR.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS COLLECTED BY THE INFORMANT IN THE
FRESHMEN DORMS OF AMHERST COLLEGE IN AMHERST,
MASSACHUSETTS; IT WAS COLLECTED BY ME IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: Massachusetts ; AMHERST

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 00001979-80 ; 03-00-1980

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PRACTICAL JOKE

A COMMON PRANK IS TO TURN OFF THE HOT WATER WHILE SOMEONE SHOWERS.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS COLLECTED BY THE INFORMANT IN THE
FRESHMEN DORMS OF AMHERST COLLEGE IN AMHERST,
MASSACHUSETTS; IT WAS COLLECTED BY ME IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: Massachusetts ; AMHERST

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 00001979-80 ; 03-00-1980

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PRACTICAL JOKE

A COMMON PRANK IS TO SET FIRE TO POSTERS HANGING ON THE OUTSIDE
OF DORM DOORS.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS COLLECTED BY THE INFORMANT IN THE
FRESHMAN DORMS OF AMHERST COLLEGE IN AMHERST,
MASSACHUSETTS; IT WAS COLLECTED BY ME IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: Massachusetts ; AMHERST

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 00001979-80 ; 03-00-1980

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PRACTICAL JOKE

TOOTHPASTE IS PLACED IN THE KEYHOLE OF A DOOR, HARDENING AND
MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO UNLOCK THE DOOR.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS COLLECTED BY THE INFORMANT IN THE
FRESHMAN DORMS OF AMHERST COLLEGE IN AMHERST,
MASSACHUSETTS; IT WAS COLLECTED BY ME IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: Massachusetts ; AMHERST

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window

Date learned: 00001979-80 ; 03-00-1980

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PRACTICAL JOKE

BECAUSE THE DOORS AT AMHERST COLLEGE OPEN INWARD, A COMMON
PRANK IS TO TIE A ROPE ON THE DOORKNOBS OF TWO DOORS ACROSS THE
HALL FROM EACH OTHER, SHUTTING IN THE OCCUPANTS OF BOTH ROOMS.

Submitter comment: THIS ITEM WAS COLLECTED BY THE INFORMANT IN THE
FRESHMAN DORMS OF AMHERST COLLEGE IN AMHERST,
MASSACHUSETTS; IT WAS COLLECTED BY ME IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: Massachusetts ; AMHERST

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window

Date learned: 00001979-80 ; 03-00-1980

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